Everclear kicks off X Games concerts | AspenTimes.com

Everclear kicks off X Games concerts

Aspen Times Staff
Everclear will perform a free Aspen concert on Jan. 25, opening day of the Winter X Games. (everclear.com)

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN Alternative rock band Everclear will perform a free show downtown Thursday, Jan. 25, to coincide with opening day of the Winter X Games at Buttermilk.The concert will take place at the base of the Little Nell run on Aspen Mountain, starting at 5:30 p.m. The show kicks off three days of free music in conjunction with the X Games, including alternative rocker Perry Farrell and Satellite Party on Jan. 26 and rapper Common on Jan. 27.Everclear, originally a trio from Portland, Ore., led by frontman Art Alexakis, sprang from the Northwest’s teeming music scene in the early ’90s, releasing its major-label debut, “Sparkle and Fade,” in 1995. The release spawned a hit single in “Santa Monica.”Seven albums and several hits – “Everything to Everyone,” “Father of Mine” and “Wonderful” – later, Everclear has returned to an indie label for its latest CD, last year’s “Welcome to the Drama Club,” the band’s first studio effort since 2003’s “Slow Motion Daydream.”Now a five-man outfit, the band’s lineup consists of Alexakis (guitar, vocals), guitarist Dave French, bass player Sam Hudson, keyboardist Josh Crawley and drummer Brett Snyder. The X Games performance will be Everclear’s final show before heading out as headliner on the Van Wilder Rock Tour, kicking off Jan. 26 in Hollywood.The show is the third in this winter’s series of free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts in Aspen/Snowmass. Also a sponsor for Everclear’s appearance is Napster, which will give music fans tunes to check out on the slopes throughout the weekend – loaning free, pre-loaded MP3 players to anyone who stops by the Napster Dome at the gondola plaza between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.Napster will also give away a handful of limited-edition snowboards featuring Aspen’s Gretchen Bleiler and hosting an autograph signing with the Olympic silver medalist and two-time Winter X Games gold medalist from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.